Video of CG cartographer Chris Brackeley discussing the steps to making a map for Canadian Geographic

Part five of a selection of video interviews with Chris Brackley, CG Cartographer.

I usually get a draft of the story at an early stage, read through it and try to get a sense of the story, sort out the salient points and the important things that would be supported by a map. Then I try and phrase out what would help support the story. So if it’s trying to understand what the landscape was like I’ll make sure to go and get an elevation model and land cover data set to make sure that we get a sense of place. If it’s focused on a road, I’ve got to make sure I’ve got that road and those sorts of details of what I need to include. Once I’ve got all the information together, I’ll try to make sure that the story I’m telling graphically reflects the story that’s being told in words.

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